Black Diamond HoodWire

Black Diamond

Name:Black Diamond HoodWire
Shape:asymmetric D
Gate Material:steel
Nose:hooded notch
Nose Guard:full
Rivets:flat spun
Gate Shield:none
Weight:38 g
Dimensions:Length: 96 mm
Width: 59 mm
Gate Opening: 25 mm
Strength Ratings:Major Axis: 24 kN | Minor Axis: 8 kN | Gate Open: 8 kN
Other Markings:Forged-positive: (double diamond logo) | (double diamond logo)
Laser: read CE0333 7213 | (ratings)
Batch Marking Location:basket-right
Msrp:$9.95 (2018)
Collection Criteria:★ Manufacturing, Engineering, or Design
Summary:original wire-guarded clean nose wiregate
Description & Commentary:

A clever use of existing production techniques to produce a hooded wiregate carabiner. Unlike the Wild Country Helium, the HoodWire, Livewire, and Oz does not require any forging or milling beyond what is performed on all modern carabiners. The HoodWire has a flattened wiregate, which reduces the minimum width of the nose, but climbers complained about the wide nose fitting through crowded bolts or belay stations.

Discontinued in 2019, reportedly because of the manufacturing difficulty (as with all snagless wiregates), and possibly the BD factory move.

Black Diamond did apply for a true keylock wiregate patent so perhaps we'll see that design someday (limited gate opening though, would need to be offset).

As of 2022, CT/Climbing Technology, an Italian company, is producing a HoodWire style (and weight) carabiner named the Berry W.

This particular example was not part of the 2016 recall of many BD carabiners.

Relevant Patent:US8235761B2
MPN:X001U48W5V | 101145717 | BD210147BDORALL1
Manufacturer Color:polished
Technical Notice:Technical Notice